Oui ou non?
The 1995 Quebec referendum on secession left many Canadians uncertain about their country’s constitutional future. Here’s a look back at a Maclean’s special report on one Quebec family left shaken by the painful divide among French-speaking Quebecers in 1980, when the province first voted on independence. Fifteen years later, “the debate was much calmer.”
Housing prices through the roof
“The only chance we have of owning a house in Toronto is if we win the lottery,” said one Toronto man in this 1989 story. As Toronto grappled with the worst housing bubble in the city’s memory, soaring housing and property values pushed the price of a home beyond the means of thousands of Canadians. The dream of home ownership remained just that–a dream.
The patience of a saint
On Oct. 31, 1982, Pope John Paul II canonized Marguerite Bourgeoys as Canada’s first woman saint. In modern times, saints are less likely to be exalted for dramatic cures and visions than for the moral and political example they set in their daily lives. What sort of model was Marguerite Bourgeoys? Here’s our report on the 33-year-old woman who came to Canada to serve the poor rather than the comfortable.
“In what ways might our selfhood be so violated that we want or need to cast it loose from us, or ourselves from it?” asks Barbara Moon. For over a century, Maclean’s has been writing about the phenomenon of the afterlife. Take a look back at our 1967 story of a Vancouver spiritualist that could predict the future, and of a mysterious flaming ship that sailed New Brunswick’s north shore in 1951. Tens of thousands have watched its eerie performances, scientists have tried to unlock its secret, and adventurous fishermen have attempted to overtake it with their schooners.
One Year in Power
It’s coming up to a year since the Liberals came to power in Ottawa on a pledge of transformative change—and a new approach to governing. Despite the “near-narcotic wave of optimism” that greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new government, Jonathon Gatehouse says there’s only ever been one rock star in Canadian politics: Pierre Trudeau. In our 1969 Q&A, Pierre Elliott Trudeau discusses how the job measured up to his own expectations. Take a look back at these Maclean’s exclusives during the highs and lows of our most memorable leaders.